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Recap: Fringe S01 E07 "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones"
aka: Fringe S 01 E 07
Season 1, Episode 7:

In Which We Meet Mr. Jones

A Fringe Division agent, Mitchell Loeb, is infected with a deadly parasite that grows like a plant around his internal organs. After finding a link between Loeb's latest case — investigating a potential second mole in the FBI — and a scientific terrorist organisation called ZFT, Olivia travels to Hamburg to speak with a biochemical terrorist named David Robert Jones, a known ZFT member who has been captured by the Germans and might have the solution to stopping the parasite. Jones claims he knows a cure, but first he wants to ask a question of an associate named Smith in the United States. Broyles arranges a raid, but Smith fires on the FBI agents and is gunned down.

However, Walter has a method of tapping into Smith's mind and interrogating him that will work even though he's dead. They hook Peter up to Smith and a machine so that when Olivia relays Jones' question — "Where does the Gentleman live?" — over the phone, Peter is able to interpret the response "Little Hill". Satisfied, Jones gives Olivia the formula for a chemical that will stop the parasite that saves Loeb in the nick of time. However, unbeknownst to the team, Loeb and his wife are both working with Jones, and the whole incident was orchestrated to learn the information from Smith.

Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Admiring the Abomination: Walter, as usual. Peter, not so much.
  • Artistic License - Medicine - Ok, where to start...
    • Resuscitation in the hospital
      • A parasite constricting the heart would likely cause an arrest due to pulseless electrical activity (PEA) and not what seemed to be a description of intermittent asystole, but I suppose some of those tendrils may have produced an arrhythmia by affecting the conduction system of the heart.
      • Intermittent arrhythmias including bradycardia or asystole are not uncommon, and it is unclear why everyone is so baffled.
      • On arrival at the ED, we are told that Loeb only had one dose of epinephrine, but the emergency responders have taken time to review how his pupils have changed from minute to minute. During CPR, epinephrine should be repeated every 3-5 minutes.
      • No external cardiac compressions are administered before or after defibrillation
      • Only one half-hearted one handed squeeze of the bag was given to ventilate Loeb during the arrival in the ED scene.
      • The endotracheal tube was not secured. There was one loose piece of tape on his lip.
      • Loeb is said to be in asystole, but appears conscious repeatedly gasping and posturing as if in pain.
      • Direct internal cardiac massage is not a common procedure, and would not be used this early in resuscitation, especially without a history of trauma. An ultrasound of the heart during a break to assess rhythm during CPR would have been a much more likely, if less dramatic way to find the parasite.
    • Walter's testing
      • Cyclobenzapine (injected into Loeb to reduce the constriction of the heart) is a skeletal muscle relaxant that works on the central nervous system. It does not relax cardiac muscles and is typically avoided in patients with heart conditions as it can cause tachycardia and arrhythmias.
  • Artistic License - Physics: Even wet skin has a resistance of 1,000 ohms, so 200 microvolts would produce a current of about 0.2 microamps. Probably not even enough to feel, much less "restart the brain", cause a body to convulse, or cause bulbs to burst.
  • Bilingual Bonus: An exchange of unsubtitled german.
  • Body Horror / Medical Horror: The parasite.
  • Character Title: Of a sort.
  • Chest Burster: Downplayed. The parasite grew inside Loeb's chest and was probably just going to crush his heart.
  • Creepy Centipedes: The parasite wrapped around Loeb's heart and threaded through his circulatory system.
  • Gambit Roulette: The plan. Loeb is infected with the heart parasite, which leads the Fringe team to investigate ZFT, which leads them to seek out David Robert Jones, who tells Olivia to find the man who Loeb was falsely trying to apprehend, who dies and has his mind read by Walter and Peter, who allow an exchange between Jones and Smith that gives Jones the answer to where he will be teleported to by Loeb, who only knows because his wife heard Peter read it from Smith's mind.
  • In Which a Trope Is Described
  • Kick the Dog: Peter's revelation that Walter would attach electrodes to him and shock him with a car battery when he was a child.
  • Magical Defibrillator: They initially shock asystole (not a shockable rythm).
  • Shot to the Heart: First as a precaution for the sedative and then to kill the parasite
  • Spy Speak:
    Where does the Gentleman live?

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alternative title(s): Fringe S 01 E 07
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